PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma can be a standalone treatment or can be used as a Pre Stem Cell treatment to prepare the joint for Stem Cell Injection.
WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated from your own blood which contains healing factors, such as white blood cells and bioactive proteins, called growth factors and stem cell markers. These cells are vital for tissue regeneration and repair.
LITTLE TO NO RISK FACTORS
PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so there is little to no risk when conducted by a trained medical specialist. Since the cells are autologous there is no risk for an allergic or immune reaction. Side effects or complications with PRP are extremely rare.
The total process can take up to 30 minutes. However, most of the time will be used for processing by a trained medical specialist.
THE HEALING PROCESS
PRP signals for Stem cells and regenerative cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased strength, and improves overall function. The process, called the healing cascade, can be active and take place over a 4–6-week period.
LONG TERM OUTCOME
Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms over the course of healing time. This procedure may eliminate the need for further invasive treatments, such as surgery or prolonged use of medications. While other treatments such as corticosteroid injections may provide temporary relief and stop inflammation, PRP injections stimulate healing of the injury over a shorter time with less side effects. Patients usually report a gradual improvement in symptoms and return of function. Many patients require two to three treatments to obtain optimal results and may even experience a dramatic return of function and relief within 2-3 months.
If you are interested in PRP treatment as an entry level to Stem Cell Treatment, please visit the website of our Musculoskeletal Specialist, Dr Matti - https://www.mskdoc.co.nz/